EasyJet has entered into a deal with the government that will allow MPs and their staff to book journeys on the budget airline, with the contract offering discounts on fares to the House of Commons, along with flexibility to change booked journeys.
EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall said, “We know that many MPs, Peers and Government ministers already fly with easyJet. This deal will make it easier and more cost effective than ever before. We are sure they will vote with their feet and travel with easyJet across Europe.”
The deal is a part of easyJet’s positioning strategy as business airline. This winter onwards, easyJet plans to offer reserved seating and has been actively selling packages to the corporate market.
The deal was executed through the Houses of Parliament travel management company Hillgate Travel. Andrew Burch of Hillgate Travel, said easyJet had approached Hillgate looking for big corporate clients in order to reduce travel costs. “That the House of Commons signed on just demonstrates they run their business as a business”, he said. Hillgate Travel had won the contract to run Parliament’s travel office in 2009.
EasyJet said on Monday that it already considers many MPs as customers, including 80 it carried for free last summer, when they rushed back from holiday to attend an emergency session of the House of Commons due to rioting that spread across the country.
“This deal is a good example of easyJet’s strategy of increasing the number of business travellers flying with the airline”, McCall said, adding, “Over 9.5m business travellers fly with easyJet each year. They are attracted by our combination of low fares and friendly service, carrying our passengers to primary airports at convenient times.”